- LBS Closed Down
PeterPoddy – Member
Got a replacement job lined up?
Hell yes. I’ve had 2 offers and will be starting as ‘Workshop Manager’ no less, at Moores Cycles in Isleworth on 16th December.
It’s soul destroying here right now. No trade, low stocks. I’m a rat leaving a sinking ship
Nice one Peter. Not quite as short a commute as the other job offer you had but probably more job satisfaction 😉Posted 4 years agochestrockwellMember
I guess we’ve been luckier then some in Skipton as we’ve got RCC but it’s not really a bike shop in the traditional sense, like The Bike Shop, my LBS.
What should happen is RCC moves to The Bike Shop’s shop, Stu used to work there anyway. Saying that, I’m sure the rates/rent for the unit are a fair bit less then the shop!Posted 4 years agoricktMember
My local bike shop carry’s little stock in the form of accessories etc,… Rather than have to order something in, try it on, then take back to shop if wrong to return and pay more, may as well order online and get it within a day or 2 for less with free returns.
I’m all for buying local but there comes a point of cost saving and ease.
The other problem I see with local bike shops is the repairs they offer, some / maybe a lot don’t have the expertise to fully service shocks and forks, so send them off to mojo loco etc etc… Where you end up just paying more for something you could of done.
I think most keen riders can also fit 80% of faults on their bike anyway, so where does this leave the bike shops????
I understand people like to let someone else build it fix it etc, but is that really the correct business model these days taking into account it will not of changed since the shop opened???Posted 4 years agohoraMember
When I lived in London two decent shops went bust. Sad really but in a recession we need to shop cheapest/or pay utility bills instead of hobbies.
Sad really as the big chains thrive, the good medium-sized fall.
Manchester council is killing shops (unless you are a national giant) all to service the councils overheads/pension costs.Posted 4 years agoasc70Member
your lbs is sadly turning in to a FREE advice centre ,go and try it ,buy it online /ebay really sums things up when some retailers have 2014 premium stock discounted on ebay.while high rents /rates don’t help it’s the switch to online/europe/america for product that’s killing shops ,that and the fact we are still in a big recession.shops will struggle with just a workshop if like us you have the local unemployed doing them on the side,this happens in many other trades as well,with ice cream men selling cars and phones and firemen been partime plumbers.Posted 4 years ago
support from the manufactuers would help ,ie no more boxed cycle sales ,collect only,but i feel no supplier has the balls to do it(think trek do this).hate to say it but for many lbs it will be r.i.pbaznav73Member
Concept stores are the start of the big brands going direct to public to cut links in the chain and make more money, it will take some years but I think you will see concept store become more common and once there is one in every city and town they will scrap all their independent dealers and run them all themselves taiwan to concept store to public.Posted 4 years agoandypaul99Member
A few years ago car dealers were talking about the same problem, why would anybody buy cars from us with, drive the deal.com etc etc offering cut price new cars.
But the dealers survived and in a complete turn of events now the internet suppliers are no more.
Brand franchised stores are the answer, and im guessing their terms are better than non-branded stores and ill also guess they may be on some kind of manufactuer bonus scheme too.
In other words they have the power to compete.
I dont think any bike manufacter is happy with seeing their stock given away online. Be it CRC or ebay, whatever really. Its just de valueing the brand.Posted 4 years agoasc70Member
while current trading conditions are’nt fantastic lbs’s have had there customer base eroded over the years,we used to sell around 150 bikes+ a year to the insurance companys ,last year 0. last year the local police were handing out locks and the schools helmets for free,this year it’s lights …sales of stopped for us overnight.Posted 4 years ago
even our suppliers are now selling direct ,many have factory open days or ebay accounts selling at less than trade.
if rumours are true even certain big players could be in a bit of hot water(i’m not saying who)but if the market is thinned out it may possibly help those that remain…..but who can compete against the chinese selling direct or suppliers doing the same?
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